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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Derby Days

The Kentucky Derby must be one of the most stylish events of the year. Everything about it is over-the-top, and we just love it! From the embellished hats to the chic sundresses to the dapper seersucker and bowties, it is a great excuse to get dressed up and drink mint juleps (from silver cups in the daytime)! While the MoS girls have never attended the Derby, we frequented our local steeplechases in college and law school (Carolina Cup and Foxfields) and loved every minute of it.
With the 2009 Kentucky Derby just around the corner, here are some of our favorite styles for the event!
Dresses from Anthopologie:
Dresses from Neiman Marcus:

Some glamorous hats from Hats in the Belfry:
Some hats from Nordstrom:
What would a stylish day at the Derby be without some mint juleps?
You could spring for the $1,000-per-drink julep, served in a gold cup with a silver straw, with fine ingredients such as mint from Ireland, organic sugar from Australia, ice from the Alps, and bourbon from the Bluegrass State (of course).

Or you could make your batch of drinks and serve them in pretty silver julep cups.
Here is an easy recipe:
cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Kentucky Bourbon Silver Julep Cups Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

The MoS girls just love julep cups and use them year-round. They are perfect for flowers, or even to use in unexpected ways like to hold your makeup brushes or toothbrushes in the bathroom.
Whether you are attending the Kentucky Derby or hosting a party at home, it's a great excuse to get dressed up, make some yummy food, and have a great time!


Ashley said...

Love this post! I have to add to it - my friend Lindsay, who met her husband while attending Kentucky, thought of a cool way to incorporate the Derby to her wedding. Her wedding was at a plantation, and as guests arrived, she served lemonade in mint julep cups. When you left the wedding hours later, you were handed a mint julep cup (which had been washed in the meantime) in a bag with a recipe for mint juleps attached. Since one cup isn't really useful for entertaining, I use mine as a toothbrush holder, and it's quite pretty! I just thought I'd share a neat way to incorporate mint juleps into a wedding or event at any time of year.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great tips on dresses and hats for the Derby! I am going to a Derby party and didn't quite know what to do with my I do! This is the best blog!

Teresa said...

I adore the cups and tray at the top of the post. Very chic! Great post!

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